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Philippines : More of the Same?

In the end, his fall was as precipitous as his rise had been meteoric. A school dropout, Joseph Estrada moved to a successful career as a B-grade movie star and on to politics. His rise there was equally impressive – from small-time mayor to vice-president in 1992 and then the presidency in 1998, winning an absolute majority of the popular vote. But 30 months later, nemesis caught up with him and on January 21, faced with massive street protests in Manila, Estrada was forced out of office.

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